A Little Bit About Me
In 1986, I developed reactive arthritis, a condition similar to rheumatoid arthritis. For 5 years the joints in my body were so painful that I could not walk more than a few feet or stand for more than a few minutes at a time. I often couldn't even do such simple, everyday things as turn door knobs due to arthritis pain in my hands. My doctors tried everything they knew, but they could not help me.
My response was to spend years in a painstaking investigation of alternative health techniques, focusing especially on those that promised to help rheumatoid arthritis or chronic pain. I found remedies that completely cured my arthritis. I can now easily ride 30-50 miles on my bicycle, walk and stand for long periods. I have no residual joint pain. My goal now is to show others what I did and how it can help them conquer their own arthritis.
Gourmet Gluten Free Cornbread Infused with Tangy Probiotics
I grew up in the southern United States where cornbread is a staple food. Cornbread has a long history of being a simple and inexpensive food for sustaining life and limb, even during hard times. In this recipe I created an extra tasty version that is also extra healthy. I made my own modifications to […]
Making Probiotics At Home: Kombucha Tea from Mother Culture
Making Kombucha is simple and delicious! In a world where it can be difficult to get the probiotics you need from your regular diet, kombucha is an easy addition that is a great source of probiotics. It is mildly sweet with a little tang, much like apple cider, so it is easy to tell when […]
How to Make Home Made Kefir and Other Fermented Drinks
Rebalancing the flora in an unhealthy gut is one of the keys to healing autoimmune disease and chronic inflammation such as occurs in all forms of arthritis. Kefir adds healthy bacteria that help regulate the immune system. It does this by providing over one hundred different healthy bacteria and micro-organisms. Making Kefir at home is […]
How to Pickle Beets – A recipe for pickling red beets
Makes 1 quart Ingredients: 12 medium red beets seeds from 2 cardamom pods (optional) 2 tablespoons sea salt 1 cup filtered water Equipment: 2 wide-mouth quart-size mason jars 2 pint-size mason jars 2 regular size lids Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 2. Wash beets and prick in several places using a fork. 3. […]
Pickled Daikon Radish Recipe
What is a Daikon Radish? The daikon radish (also known as white radish or mooli) is eaten in oriental cuisine as a digestive aid and also valued for its diuretic, decongestant, and anticarcinogenic properties. Makes 1 quart Equipment: 2 wide-mouth quart-size mason jars 2 pint-size mason jars 2 regular size lids Ingredients 3 pounds daikon […]
More Fermented Foods: Unpasteurized Kimchi Recipe
What is Kimchi? Kimchi is a spicy Korean variation of sauerkraut. Besides the stomach healing properties of cabbage, this probiotic also includes the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger and chile. Equipment: quart-size wide-mouthed mason jars pint-size mason jars Ingredients: 1 head Napa cabbage, cored and shredded 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 cup carrots, grated ½ […]
Why Not Whey? A lacto-fermentation recipe for pickled turnips.
This ferment couples nicely with foods like falafel and chicken shawarma. Eating fermented foods along side heavier foods can increase their digestibility and help you feel more satisfied. With poor digestion being a risk factor for arthritis, eating a variety of fermented foods can help heal arthritis and sometimes even “untrigger” it. Makes 1 quart […]
Lacto-fermented Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe
Sauerkraut combines two healing remedies in one delicious dish: probiotics and cabbage. The mucins in cabbage line the stomach and form a protective layer while the healthy bacteria from the fermentation aids in digestion. Time: 30 min for initial preparation/1 to 4 weeks or more to ferment Equipment: Container Options: Ceramic crock OR food–grade plastic […]
How to Pickle Cucumbers Using Fermentation
Although your ferment will get started more quickly if you add a little brine or whey from a previous ferment, it is not necessary. If you are fermenting from scratch, use this ratio as a guideline: three tablespoons of sea salt per five pounds of vegetables. If you do have some brine or whey to […]
Pickled Ginger, a homemade non dairy probiotic
Because ginger won’t give off as much liquid as cucumbers or cabbage, it ferments better in brine. When making brine, the recommended ratio is three tablespoons of sea salt per four cups of water. Ingredients: about 3 lbs fresh ginger root 1 scant tablespoon sea salt 1 cup filtered water Equipment: 1 quart-size wide-mouthed mason […]